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“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”
“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.”
“But for any writer worthy of the name there are moments during the writing process when the rest of the planet might as well have gone to Venus. And those moments are not for sale.”
“The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.”
“Writing is a job. A drunk writer is about as useful as a drunk surgeon. You can spend the rest of the day swimming in booze, but the hours you write should be sober and with purpose.”
“The fact that writers will go through so much to remain writers says something, perhaps everything. It would be far easier (and nearly always more profitable) to become a real estate agent.”
“My idea of a writer: someone interested in 'everything,'”
“Writers will happen in the best of families.”
Rita Mae Brown
“The really great writers are people like Emily Brontë who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.”
James A. Michener
“A writer's problem does not change. It is always how to write truly and having found out what is true to project it in such a way that it becomes part of the experience of the person who reads it.”
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